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Driver charged with mischief, arson after hit and run in Central Hamilton

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A Hamilton man is facing three charges tied to a hit and run on Sunday that sent a pedestrian to hospital with critical injuries, according to police.

Investigators say a 2008 Nissan sedan hit a 31-year-old Hamilton man who was crossing mid-block on Wellington Street North between King Street and King William Street around 10 p.m.

The car fled the scene.

The pedestrian suffered injuries to his leg and head.

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The Nissan was later located abandoned on Twenty Road East. Detectives say the vehicle had “obvious signs of an intentional fire.”

The 21-year-old owner of the car turned himself in on Monday and is expected to appear at the John Sopinka Court House on Wednesday, Jan. 27, 2021.

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The driver has been charged with failure to remain causing bodily harm, mischief and arson.

The pedestrian is still in hospital with critical injuries.

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